Origin and Evolution
How the Minotaur came to be
We launched our Minotaur event back in 2016 – at the time, our intent was to create a style of racing that hadn’t really been done before. As avid trail runners and racers, we all love the sense of peace that comes from the trail; but, our inner explorers were craving more. On our own running excursions, we love deviating from the beaten path. We like looking at ridges and peaks and taking the road less travelled to get to them– even if it means suffering along the way (that’s part of the fun, actually.)
So why not introduce this concept into a race? Why not share our love of exploration and adventure with our racers?
We played off of Greek mythology and came up with the concept of the Minotaur and the maze; and, introduced an event where the entire race course was kept a total secret from racers. Racers only learned the start location of the race the night before, and once the start gun went off, they headed out into the wilderness, bravely following pin flags and ribbon. We took them up and over summits, down scree and through dense forest. Only once they completed the course, were they able to see a map and appreciate the awesomeness of their accomplishment.
Now in the fourth year of our event, we are once again taking the road less travelled – we are thrilled to announce that the Minotaur is now the only North American stop on the prestigious Skyrunner® World Series circuit.
With this new partnership, we’ve re-visited the structure of our event and have moved to a new 32 km alpine course that is certified by the International Skyrunning Federation, and meets the requirements for a world class mountain running event and qualifier for the prestigious SkyMasters race. We are also including our popular Mini-Taur short course race as part of our celebration of events, and this little monster of a 10 km is perfect for those who like it short and “sweet”.
We are excited for the Minotaur SkyRace in 2020 – change can be daunting; but, as adventurers and entrepreneurs we are always looking to the next peak.
Whether you’ve raced with us in the past, volunteered or are just visiting our site for the first time, thank you for your support and interest – we hope to see you at the start line of the Minotaur SkyRace or the Mini-Taur 10 km.
We are proud to be partnered with like minded brands and businesses who share our goal of promoting healthy and sustainable events for a wide range of athletes. If you are keen to join us, please contact us to find out about our sponsorship package and ways to be involved. We have opportunities for Title Sponsor, Event Sponsor, Podium Sponsor, Product Sponsor and Custom Sponsor. Thanks for your interest!